Fasting

While fasting Jesus said, “My food, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Fasting as a discipline for the spiritual life is a primary discipline of abstinence or self-denial. Properly understood, Fasting is Feasting. Jesus shows us this and it’s why he taught us, “When you fast do not be…

The Lord is My Shield in Emotional Battles

Praying a Psalm with Jesus is a powerful spiritual discipline. “The Lord is My Shield in Emotional Battles” has been a helpful exercise that I’ve used in many Soul Care Group meetings I lead. Introduction Jesus’ gospel is that we ought to re-think how we’re living our life in light of our opportunity, right now,…

Walk in the Light of Christ

In the Bible the Psalmist and the Apostle John urge us to “walk in the light” (Psalm 89:15, 1 John 1:7). Being attuned to God (or practicing God’s presence) in this way is the key to a life of love, joy, and peace. In Paul’s words this is to “pray without ceasing” or “keep in step with…

Soul Care

How do you care for your soul? Do you ever feel like a juice box that’s been sucked dry by people sticking a straw into you?! This was the question I asked a 100 ministry leaders/caregivers, mothers, and pastors’ wives at a church conference recently. When I come home from a day of caring for…

Electric Bible Passages for Scripture Memory

Most Scripture memory programs focus on verses, but it’s far more helpful to memorize longer portions of the Bible, focusing on special passages. The Benefits of Scripture Memory All of the Bible is inspired by God and authoritative to guide our lives under the Lordship of Christ. But some passages (like the ones below) are especially electric! These…